Medina’s Pizza Palooza will take some topping
June 14, 2013 by James
On June 8, Medina, Ohio, put on an event known as ‘Pizza Palooza’ to raise awareness in the community of the work done by service organizations in the area. The Palooza drew thousands of people to sample pizza from seven different restaurants, including chains like Domino’s and Pizza Hut, as well as five local establishments.
There were two taste tests during the event, the Judge’s Choice and the People’s Choice. The judges in the first contest included Medina’s Mayor Dennis Hanwell; Pat Geissman, a county commissioner and Paul Rose, a Medina city council member. This group chose Domino’s as the best pizza in the county, but the popular vote went to Romeo’s. Before the contests, Mayor Hanwell officially proclaimed the day ‘Pizza Palooza Day’.
Admission to the event was $5 per person, which gave the buyer a chance to sample pizzas from all seven restaurants. Visitors also learned about 28 social service and non-profit agencies located in Medina County and the work they do, which was one of the aims of the event’s organizers. Another goal, which was also met, was to raise visitors’ awareness of the needs of others in the community; event organizers collected 245 pounds of food to distribute to needy residents.
With the success of this year’s event, Pizza Palooza’s organizers are already getting ready for the next one. They could work with flyer printing experts to create a mailer to county residents to describe this year’s event and invite them to attend again in 2014.